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The Criterion Collection Goes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray With Six Titles Starting This November!

As if the 4th Quarter of 2021 wasn't already really expensive!

Citizen KaneMenace II SocietyThe PianoMulholland Dr.The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night is their opening salvo into 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray starting this November 2021

Sadly at this moment - that's ALL we know. We don't know HDR or if there will be HDR for all of the films - "select films" is a bit teasing - audio (some might get Atmos), disc specs or anything of the like. Criterion will be punching out a full announcement soon, this was just the teaser to blow our minds. 

As if the close of 2021 wasn't already expensive, Criterion is finally jumping into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray game. We'd heard rumblings about a couple of these titles, but we didn't expect a full slate of new additions to the collection! Until that full announcement hits, we'll just have to sit back and speculate about what Criterion is going to bring to make these releases special. When all of that info comes in, we'll update our listings and get that good stuff out to you folks. 

What do you think of Criterion's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray lineup? All winners? Or are you too tired to upgrade your collection?

[UPDATE 8/16]

We now have cover art and specs for Citizen KaneMenace II Society, and Mulholland Dr. - click the links for full details - It looks like these three are the first ones to come with the other three arriving in December or later into 2022. 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Citizen Kane Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English LPCM Mono 
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $59.95

Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95

Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Menace II Society The Criterion Collection 4K UHD
 

Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95

Below is their very brief announcement


The Criterion Collection today announced its first 4K Ultra HD releases, a six-film slate that includes Citizen Kane, Menace II Society, The Piano, Mulholland Dr., The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night. The first of these editions and their special features will be detailed in the November 2021 announcement next week, with others to follow in subsequent months. 
The most dazzling debut in cinema history, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane was Criterion’s first laserdisc release 37 years ago. It now rejoins the library after a long absence, making its first appearance in 4K Ultra HD along with Allen and Albert Hughes riveting breakthrough, Menace II Society; Jane Campion’s Academy Award–winning The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in her breakout role; David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., a tale of love and jealousy in the city of dreams; Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s singular Technicolor fantasia The Red Shoes; and Richard Lester’s timeless movie musical A Hard Day’s Night, which brought the Beatles’ revolutionary talent and irreverent humor to the big screen.
Each title will be available in a 4K UHD+Blu-ray combo pack including a 4K UHD disc of the feature film as well as the film and its special features on Blu-ray. Select films will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. Stay tuned for more details in the November announcement!
Superman: The Complete Animated Series Saves Blu-ray October 12th

Up in their air, it's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a 6-Disc Blu-ray set of the classic 1996 cartoon series voiced by Tim Daly, Dana Delany, and Clancy Brown!  

All 54 episodes of the classic 1996 animated television series are getting fresh remasters complete with hours of additional bonus features including a new documentary. THat's over 1,141 minutes of classic animated comic book action finally coming to Blu-ray after Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond already got to celebrate their 1080p runs. 

Superman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray

Superman The Complete Animated Series Bluray 

This set isn't up for pre-order yet, but it will be shortly. The SRP is $69.99 but we expect that to drop considerably once Amazon or Best Buy add it for their pre-order slate. As soon as it's up for pre-order we'll let you know ASAP!

Here is the complete press release from Warner Bros. with all the juicy details:


SUPERMAN:

THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES

BLU-RAY/DIGITAL BOX SET

 

REMASTERED FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY; COMING OCTOBER 12, 2021

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

BURBANK, CA (August 10, 2021) Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Superman: The Animated Series with a fully remastered Blu-rayTM box set. Superman: The Complete Animated Series, which includes several hours of bonus features headlined by an all-new documentary detailing the creation of one of the most beloved animated Super Hero cartoons in history, will be available starting October 12, 2021.

 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), the Emmy Award-winning Superman: The Animated Series was the perfect follow-up to the landmark Batman: the Animated Series. Producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett elevated The Man of Steel’s animated presence with an imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid and more. Premiering on September 6, 1996, the series continued WBA’s dominance in Super Hero animation, once again setting new standards for storytelling, art direction and acting performances – and garnering 11 Emmy Award nominations and two Emmy Award wins, including top honors as the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program of 1998.

 

The remarkable Superman: The Complete Animated Series box set features more than 19 hours of entertainment spread over six Blu-ray™ discs, including all 54 exciting episodes, an all-new series-defining featurette entitled Superman: Timeless Icon, a special video commentary episode and three specially selected episodes with audio commentaries by the showrunners.

 

All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm Interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio (4x3).

 

The producing quartet of Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Glen Murakami headed production of Superman: The Animated Series alongside executive producers Jean MacCurdy and Haven Alexander. Shirley Walker and the Dynamic Music Partners (Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter) composed the award-winning score, while eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano guided a star-studded voice cast. Curt Geda and Dan Riba served as animation directors for more than half of the episodes.

 

The Superman: The Animated Series cast continued the unrivaled presentation of guest stars that Batman: The Animated Series had initially established. The lengthy cast list is filled with luminaries, their laurels including one Academy Award and 10 Oscar nominations; 37 Emmy Awards and 186 Emmy nominations; 16 Golden Globe Awards and 54 nominations; five Annie Awards and 38 nominations; four Grammy Awards and 14 nominations; and nine individuals honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including Ed Asner, Mark Hamill, William H. Macy, Marion Ross, Malcolm McDowell, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Michael York, Roddy McDowall and Paul Williams.

 

Tim Daly (Madame Secretary, Private Practice, Wings) led the cast as Clark Kent and Superman alongside Dana Delany (Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives, China Beach) as Lois Lane, David Kaufman (Danny Phantom, Stuart Little) as Jimmy Olsen and Clancy Brown (Dexter, The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) as Lex Luthor. The star-studded cast included series regulars – and their characters – Lauren Tom (Angela Chen), Victor Brandt (Professor Hamilton), Corey Burton (Brainiac), Joseph Bologna (Dan Turpin), George Dzundza (Perry White), Brad Garrett (Bibbo Bibbowski), Shelley Fabares (Martha Kent), Joanna Cassidy (Maggie Sawyer), Lisa Edelstein (Mercy Graves), Mike Farrell (Jonathan Kent) and Michael Ironside (Darkseid).

 

Notable series guest stars featured Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Dean Jones, Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Morse, Al Roker, Brian Cox, Jason Priestley, Peter Gallagher, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Christopher McDonald, Bruce Weitz, Andrea Martin, Miguel Ferrer, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Laraine Newman, Nancy Travis, Xander Berkeley, Jonathan Harris, John Glover, Sandra Bernhard, Jack Carter, Ernie Hudson, Henry Silva, and Robert Patrick.

 

Superman: The Complete Animated Series – Enhanced Content

 

Superman: Timeless Icon (New Featurette) – An all-new bonus feature, produced specifically for the remastered Blu-ray release of Superman: The Animated Series, reveals the complicated journey of the show and those who created the new mythology for The Man of Steel, as told by producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, writer Bob Goodman, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, and Tim Daly & Clancy Brown, the heralded voices of Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively.

 

A Little Piece of Trivia (Featurette) – So you think you know your Superman trivia? Wait until you hear about the series’ connection to Telly Savalas! A brain teaser to entertain every Superman: The Animated Series fan!

 

Superman: Learning to Fly (Featurette) – Get into the minds of the creative team behind Superman: The Animated Series as they detail the birth of this animated version of Superman and his incredible worlds. Featured speakers include producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker.

 

Building the Mythology: Superman's Supporting Cast (Featurette) – The characters around Superman get the spotlight in this in-depth look at everyone from Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White to Maggie Sawyer, Lana Lang, and Ma & Pa Kent. Producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker give viewers the inside scoop.

 

Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman (Featurette) – Your hero is only as good as the villains around him, and Superman: The Animated Series has a rogues’ gallery of top-grade baddies, including traditional opponents Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman and Parasite, as well as new villains created for the series – like Live Wire and Luminus. Producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, directors James Tucker and Dan Riba and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano give us a tour of the villains.

 

The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman (Featurette) – Darkseid takes center stage in this examination of one of The Man of Steel’s most vicious adversaries, plus other Fourth World characters that appear in Superman: The Animated Series. The featurette includes producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami, writers Rich Fogel and Stan Berkowitz, director James Tucker and Charles Hatfield (Department of English, Cal State Northridge).

 

Audio Commentaries

·       Stolen Memories – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Curt Geda and art director/producer Glen Murakami.

·       The Last Son of Krypton - Part 1 – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami.

·       The Main Man - Part 2 – producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami.

 

Video Commentary

·       Mxyzpixilated – producer Bruce Timm, producer/writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and moderator Jason Hillhouse.

 

 

BASICS

PRODUCT                                          SRP

Blu-ray                                      $69.99 USA, $79.99 Canada

 

Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English

Running Time: 1,141minutes

Rated PG

Universal Monsters Getting Solo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBooks

Who needs more SteelBooks for their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection?

After last week's exciting announcement of Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection Universal is now issuing solo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBooks for DraculaFrankenstein, and The Wolf Man exclusively at Best Buy in the United States. "But what about The Invisible Man?" you might ask. Well so far Best Buy hasn't added that one to their pre-order slate, but it should be going up soon. Germany will be getting a solo The Invisible Man SteelBook so it's just a matter of time. All disc contents are expected to be the same, but if anything changes on that end we'll update this article and our listings

While we wait for The Invisible Man to make his appearance, here's a look at the individual SteelBooks we do know are coming and are now up for pre-order. I was going to pre-order the main set, but these SteelBooks are pretty classy looking - Which are you going for, Individual SteelBooks, the 4-Film Set, or are you sticking with the big Blu-ray Set? 

Dracula 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Dracula 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Frankenstein 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Frankenstein 1931 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

The Wolf Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
The Wolf Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

As soon as Best Buy includes The Invisible Man in their slate we'll get that listing up and add it to this article. 

Thanks for your pre-orders! They help keep our little operation rolling.  

Paramount Officially Announces Scream 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray For October 19th

Paramount Calling Up 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Of Wes Craven's Slasher Classic Scream on October 19th

We kinda already knew this was coming, it was briefly up for pre-order on Amazon before it was taken down. Now Paramount makes it official - Scream is coming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The film set the bar for an entire generation of slasher films on top of three sequels and a new film coming in 2022 from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. 

Scream - 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Scream 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Now that Paramount has made things official - it's now back up for pre-order on Amazon

But that's not all - a snazzy single disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook release is also up for pre-order on Amazon!

Scream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Scream SteelBook 4K UHD Blu-ray 

We're awaiting full confirmation on HDR grade and audio - but as soon as that info is available we'll update our listings and this article ASAP. 

Here's Paramount's full Press Release:


Do You Like Scary Movies?

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Iconic Thriller,
Newly Remastered on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray

Subversive Fan-Favorite Arrives October 19, 2021
with an All-New Look at the Film’s Impact and Legacy 

 

In celebration of its 25th anniversary and just in time for Halloween, SCREAM will be released for the first time on 4K Ultra HD and in a newly remastered Blu-ray on October 19, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

25 years after its theatrical debut, SCREAM remains a wildly entertaining and terrifically terrifying cinematic experience.  Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, the film is a brilliant deconstruction of the horror genre that pays homage to the conventions of slasher films while upending them with clever twists and witty dialogue.

 

The new SCREAM 4K Ultra HD, Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD SteelBook, and Blu-ray include a brand-new look back at the film and director Wes Craven, featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage and new interviews with stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, as well as screenwriter Kevin Williamson and the directors and other cast members from the new installment in the franchise scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2022 from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group.  The discs also include access to a Digital copy of the film and the legacy bonus content detailed below:

·       A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later— NEW!

·       Audio commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson

·       Production featurette

·       Behind the Scenes

      • On the Scream Set
      • Drew Barrymore

·       Q&A with Cast and Crew

      • What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?
      • Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?
QT's Inglourious Basterds Scalping 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray October 12th

The world needs more Quentin Tarantino on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The delightfully wickedly hilarious and ultra-violent WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 12th from Universal Home Video 

Inglourious Basterds - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Unfortunately, not a lot of technical information was included in the press release. So we don't know if this is getting a Dolby Vision pass, or an Atmos upgrade or anything of the like. We've reached out for clarification so as soon as we know we'll pass that info along.

We do know it's coming packed with bonus features and the current planned release date of October 12th. As of now we haven't seen any hint of any retailer exclusives or SteelBook options yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled and let you know ASAP. 

Here's the full Press Release from Universal:


 

 

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

BRING HOME THE STAR-STUDDED, ACTION-PACKED WAR THRILLER IN ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION QUALITY, AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K, BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL ON OCTOBER 12, 2021

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

SYNOPSIS: Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino's high-octane WWII revenge fantasy 

Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as "The Basterds," is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

 

OVER TWO HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT, INCLUDING:

Extended & Alternate Scenes

Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell

The New York Times Talk

Nation’s Pride – Original Short

The Making of Nation’s Pride

The Original Inglourious Basterds 

A Conversation with Rod Taylor 

 

Inglourious Basterds will be available on 4K, Blu-ray™ and Digital.

4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 

The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States. 

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine), Melanie Laurent (Shosanna), Christoph Waltz (Col. Hans Landa), Michael Fassbender (Lt. Archie Hicox), Eli Roth (Sgt. Donny Donowitz), Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark), Daniel Bruhl (Fredrick Zoller), Til Schweiger (Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino

Director of Photography: Robert Richardson

Film Editor: Sally Menke

Sound Editor: Wylie Stateman

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - August 8 - August 14, 2021

How has your Summer been so far? Seen any good movies or shows that you can't wait to own on disc?

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 12 of our weekly release guide, a look at the highlights of what's coming out this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K discs slated for release this week. Don't despair, there's still plenty up and coming.

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Not a very large list of 'A' titles this week, but there are a few to consider. As far as 'B' titles, there are a bunch this week, which I will not highlight. Some of them have some well known talent.

In the Criterion Collection, look for After Life this week. It's a foreign (Japan) drama film from a few decades ago.

LionsGate presents American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, which features Meadow Williams and Al Pacino. Also, Finding You, their next entry in the drama/romance category. Just when you thought that was all, The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 comes out this week too! Oh, but there's more from them this week, Occupation: Rainfall closes out the list.

 

If you bought Part One, this week Warner Bros. releases Batman: The Long Halloween - Part Two. There's rumor out there that a 4K might be coming, but when, if and where were not exactly filled in. The Warner Archive label brings One Crazy Summer to disc this week, it's been a long while since I had seen this one. Getting ever closer to relaing My Fellow Americans, Warner, are you listening?

 

Shout Select presents Havoc, a Crime Drama featuring Anne Hathaway.

From Paramount, The Misfits (2021) gets the list started, a pair of 'Paramount Presents' releases, Nashville and A Place in the Sun.

CBS MOD is releasing the last two seasons of Charmed this week. Their business model has had me scratching my head in that order links have been pretty much nonexistent or delivery times questionable. Where's MacGyver?

 

Anime highlights of the week, InuYasha: Set 6, Lapis Re:LiGHTS - The Complete Season and One Piece - Collection 27.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Vinegar Syndrome's next batch of titles has been revealed. They have a street date of August 31 on their store site, and general release usually follows later. Titles include Auntie Lee's Meat Pies, Fantasm / Fantasm Comes Again (Peekarama), Girls School Screamers, Terminal Island - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Tough Guys Don't Dance and Whatever It Takes.

Universal Studios will be releasing Carlito's Way on 4K disc later this year, with a familiar theme, a standard release and a SteelBook release. But that's not all, coming October 5th to 4K disc, Universal Classic Horror Monsters. The set features Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and The Invisible Man. Check out the news story here.

The first Miramax 4K release, Scream appears to be on track for an October release. The current (valid) link is broken, but keep trying, it will go live soon enough.

The next Vestron Collector's Series release will be Dementia 13, which will feature the director's cut. Never heard of this movie or see what the big deal is about the director's cut? The director is none other than Francis Ford Coppola, pretty sure you've heard of him. Street date is September 21st.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



The Guns of Navarone Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary On 4K UHD Blu-ray October 12th

The classic action, adventure, war film celebrates its 60th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony on October 12th, 2021. Arriving in a 2-disc + Digital set will include the film in native 4K Ultra HD with HDR10, a new Dolby Atmos mix, a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, as well as the film's original 4-Channel Stereo track topped off with a host of bonus features. The included Blu-ray will also be sourced from the new 4K master!

The Guns of Navarone - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Check out the full press release from Sony


AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME
ON 4K ULTRA HD™ 
OCTOBER 12TH
CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE ACCLAIMED CLASSIC

STARRING GREGORY PECK, DAVID NIVEN,
AND ANTHONY QUINN


SYNOPSIS
Academy Award®-winners Gregory Peck (1962, Best Actor, To Kill A Mockingbird), David Niven (1958, Best Actor, Separate Tables), and Anthony Quinn (1952, Best Supporting Actor, Viva Zapata!; 1956, Lust For Life) star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued. Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain, and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE was nominated for seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, and won for Best Special Effects (1961).
 
DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Presented in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10
    • Playback available with and without Original Roadshow Intermission Card
  • All-new Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 audio + original theatrical 4-track stereo
  • Special Features:
    • NEW: Main Title Progression Reel
    • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in HD, sourced from the 4K master
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary by Director J. Lee Thompson
    • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin
    • The Resistance Dossier of Navarone: Interactive Feature
    • Forging The Guns of Navarone: Notes from the Set
    • An Ironic Epic of Heroism
    • Memories of Navarone
    • Epic Restoration
    • A Heroic Score
    • Great Guns
    • No Visitors
    • Honeymoon on Rhodes
    • Two Girls on the Town
    • Narration-Free Prologue
    • Message from Carl Foreman
This release will initially include a limited edition o-ring, featuring the film’s original poster art.
 
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: J. Lee Thompson
Written and Produced by: Carl Foreman
Based on a Novel by: Alistair MacLean
Cast: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn

SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 156 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.35:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English 4.0 DTS-HD MA
Universal Classic Horror Monsters Scaring 4K UHD Blu-ray October 5th

Well, this is a pleasant surprise! Ever since Apple updated their digital offering of Tod Browning's classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, we knew something was coming from Universal - but we didn't expect this! In time to celebrate the 90th Anniversaries of Dracula and Frankenstein and the 80th Anniversary of The Wolfman - Universal is bowing an 8-Disc 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital set featuring DraculaFrankensteinThe Wolfman, and The Invisible Man 

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 


This is very similar to their previous Universal Monsters Blu-ray collection from several years back. We get the classic films in Digibook packaging with the legacy extra features on top of each film in 4K and 1080p. The press release didn't stipulate HDR grade but we're suspecting only HDR10. We've reached out for confirmation on that score. As of this writing, this set isn't up for pre-order yet but as soon as it is - or if there's any kind of retailer exclusive - we'll update this article and our listings ASAP!

Here's the full press release from Universal:


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UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS 

ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION 

 

CELEBRATE NINE DECADES OF YOUR FAVORITE MONSTERS ON 4K FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN COLLECTIBLE PACKAGING

 

AVAILABLE ON 4K, BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL ON OCTOBER 5, 2021

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT


SYNOPSIS: From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection showcases four of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man. Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains in the roles that they made famous, these original films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography and groundbreaking special effects.

 

CLASSIC MONSTER FILMS INCLUDED:

  1. Dracula (90th Anniversary)

  2. Frankenstein (90th Anniversary)

  3. The Invisible Man

  4. The Wolf Man (80th Anniversary)

 

HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT, INCLUDING:

  1. The Road to Dracula

  2. The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster

  3. Karloff: The Gentle Monster

  4. Monster by Moonlight

  5. The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth

  6. Now Your See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed

 

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection will be available on 4K, Blu-ray™ and Digital.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 

  • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States. 



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DRACULA FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula), David Manners (John Harker), Edward an Sloan (Prof. Abraham Van Helsing), Helen Chandler (Mina Harker), Dwight Frye (Renfield), Frances Dade (Lucy Weston)

Director: Tod Browning

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr., Tod Browning

Screenplay: Garrett Fort

Based on the Work(s) of: Bram Stoker, Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston

FRANKENSTEIN FILMMAKERS:

Actors:  Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), John Boles (Victor Moritz), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz), Frederic Kerr (Baron Frankenstein)

Director: James Whale

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Screenplay: Garrett Fort, Francis Edwards Faragoh

Based on the Work(s) of: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Peggy Webling, John L. Balderston

THE INVISIBLE MAN FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Claude Rains (Jack Griffin / The Invisible Man), Gloria Stuart (Flora Cranley), William Harrigan (Dr. Arthur Kemp), Dudley Digges (Chief Detective), Una O’Connor (Jenny Hall), Henry Travers (Dr. Cranley), Forrester Harvey (Herbert Hall)

Director: James Whale

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Screenplay: R.C. Sherriff

Based on the Work(s) of: H.G. Wells

THE WOLF MAN FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man / Larry Talbot), Bela Lugosi (Bela), Claude Rains (Sir John Talbot), Warren William (Dr. Lloyd), Ralph Bellamy (Col. Montford), Patric Knowles (Frank Andrews), Maria Ouspenskaya (Maleva), Evelyn Ankers (Gwen Conliffe)

Director: George Waggner

Producer: George Waggner

Screenplay: Curt Siodma

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - August 1 - August 7, 2021

First week of August upon us, I don't enjoy the thought that Autumn will be here before we know it and then that means Winter will sneak itself in at warp speed or something.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 11 of our weekly release guide. Our weekly look at the highlights of this week's blu-ray and 4K disc releases, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

For 4K disc releases, we have a few to pick from.

First from Disney/Pixar, Luca, which I keep confusing with Loki on Disney Plus. This one reviewed quite well theatrically, read Bryan's thoughts. In general for me, if it's Disney/Pixar, I find it hard NOT to like it. Luca comes as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Target Exclusive edition.

 

Arrow Video releases a less extravagant version of Django. What's different? This one does not include the bonus blu-ray disc for Texas, Adios and lacks the swag,  but still appears to have the same bonus features.

Last but not least, The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary, as a SteelBook release. If you opt for a standard release, that one is due September 28th, along with a 35th Anniversary blu-ray.

 

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

This week is one of the slowest weeks in a long time for Blu-ray. Maybe that's good with all the releases we've had to consider the past few weeks.

Luca also gets a blu-ray/dvd combo pack as well.

Clint Eastwood movie buffs, look for Kino Lorber's release of Coogan's Bluff. Probably not his top ten of movies, but come on, it's Clint Eastwood! Kino Lorber has a few noteables this week as well, Claudette Colbert/Ray Milland's Arise, My Love, Cecil B. DeMille's Four Frightened People, Claudette Colbert/Fred MacMurray's No Time for Love, Cecil B. DeMille's Union Pacific starring Barbara Stanwyck and The Valdez Horses starring Charles Bronson.

Arrow video also graces us this week with a standard edition blu-ray for Django, in case you are not doing 4K. That's not all from Arrow this week, also look for The Daimajin Trilogy as a Limited Edition and for The Sergio Martino Collection. These are both foreign horror collections with English dubs and lots of bonus features.

 

If you're wondering what Billy Crystal is up to these days, Sony Pictures shows you with Here Today, a comedy directed by and starring himself.

Angelina Jolie's latest, Those Who Wish Me Dead comes to Blu-ray this week.

 

The anime category is also proportionately slow, highlights this week are just El-Hazard: The Magnificent World and Fire Force: Season 2 Part 1.

Mill Creek brings us I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series after a delay or two. Streaming is convenient for watching TV in bed, but if it was up to me, I would have a video wall of just TV shows on Blu-ray to truly enjoy these shows. Also from Mill Creek, The Randolph Scott Western Collection. [EDIT: I Dream of Jeannie has been delated until September 21]

 

Honorable mention of the week goes to ClassicFlix's The Little Rascals: Volume Two. It is good to see these releases under way to preserve this show for a new generation.

Notable announcements from last week:

Paramount has announced the release of the Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection on October 5th. As far as releases go, it only adds Paris When It Sizzles to the blu-ray format but it is a single SKU package for 7 of her movies.

Sony has announced Underworld Limited Edition 5-Movie Collection coming to 4K disc October 5th. Thank you Sony for not releasing just the first movie in the franchise.

Kino Lorber will be doing To Live and Die in L.A. on 4K disc. They've also indicated Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965) will be getting 4K discs sometime next year.

Marvel's Black Widow will be released on 4K disc and blu-ray on September 14th.

Arrow Video would like you to open up your wallets. For October releases, expect to see Deep Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Deep Red (Arte Original Version) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Giallo Essentials, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection (Standard Edition) and Yokai Monsters Collection. If you would like to import, they also have Dementer / Jug Face (Double Feature) from the UK. October will be more expensive for me!

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2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



The End Of Summer Is Nigh! - August 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide

Summer is usually a fun mixture of soaking in new films at the theater while eagerly anticipating a stacked home video release slate for the fall. The ongoing Covid pandemic has kinda upended that tradition. Theaters are back open, but the release window for films is even shorter so when we used to get a little time to catch our breath in August, the studios and boutique labels are throwing some heavy hitters at us. From your favorite shape-shifting vehicles to an inept bodyguard to an epic science fiction box office bomb - there's some great stuff out there to gather up for your ever-growing collection. 

August 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide


August 3rd 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

The classic animated 80s Transformers movie and Pixar's lasted effort Luca are the main draws this week. If you missed out on the deluxe edition of Arrow Video's Django disc a standard release is on the way. 

The Transformers: The Movie 4K UHD SteelBook 

 

Pixar's Luca 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Pixar's Luca 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Pixar's Luca 4K UHD Blu-ray (Target Exclusive) 

 

Django Special Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 


August 17th 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

We skip a week without any new 4K releases (at least domestically) before we get a Labyrinth reissue from Sony now with Dolby Vision HDR and a Magical Movie Mode edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (or Philosopher's) Stone along with The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 

Labyrinth 35th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Happy Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Magical Movie Mode 4K Ultra HD SteelBook 

 


August 24th 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

Things really start to pick up this week heading into an extremely packed September slate. We're getting standard studio material like Peter Rabbit 2 but also some classic genre material like Cat O' Nine Tales and Two Evil Eyes - also The Conjuring 3.

The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Cat O' Nine Tails 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Two Evil Eyes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


August 31st 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

August closes out with another busy week of 4K releases including a new hit musical, multiple releases of a film that is perhaps David Lynch's most divisive and controversial film, and Mortal Kombat gets animated. 

In The Heights 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Dune Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dune Limited Edition SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dune Limited Deluxe Edition SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


Notable Imports We Hope To Review

Imports are a tad tricky. Subject to shipping limitations, we don't often get to jump on these when they come out. While the U.K. and France aren't getting anything particularly unique or special in the 4K department, Germany is getting a trio of great titles from Capelight Pictures. 

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Mediabook 

 

Lady Vengeance 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Mediabook 

 

Lord of War 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


That's about it for August. Now more could be announced in the coming days and one or a few of these could be delayed, that sadly does happen. If anything changes with these titles we'll update their respective listings and amend this guide. While this is a busy month - September is going to be grueling. 

Hope this is helpful! Thanks again for all of your pre-orders, it really helps make a difference ensuring we can keep this goofy website going for as long as possible. 

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